Over the past week, the anti-vax underworld has started to fracture and implode. On Monday a Senate Committee hosted a teenager that defied his mother wishes and got vaccinated. Facebook announced significant changes to how vaccine misformation will be managed on the platform. As a result, anti-vaxxers are fighting, starting new groups, and cult leaders are crying for money.
This week a Senate Committee hosted several people to talk about misinformation online associated with vaccines. Ethan Lindenberger sat before the committee and shared his story about growing up with an anti-vaccination mother.
During his testimony, anti-vaxxers filled the Capital hallways to protest mandatory vaccinations. Leaders within the anti-vax community told people the hearing was to vote on “forced” vaccinations. However, the meeting was merely used for the Senators to gather information from experts and citizens about vaccine misinformation.
Anti-vaxxers spread the rumor through Facebook that the government would take their licenses, passports, and strip their rights if they opted out of vaccines. Armed with their manic fervor to protect their liberties, Anti-vaxxers protested all over the country.
If anti-vax protests aren’t wild enough, a story out of Oregon about a boy with tetanus blew up on social media. The CDC released an article from a medical journal about the boy’s journey to recover from tetanus. After spending 74 days in the hospital and a rehab facility, the boy’s parents refused to vaccinate him for tetanus. His hospital bill was $811,000.
Facebook announced significant changes to its platform regarding vaccine misinformation. The announcement has made cult leaders like Larry Cook panic and cry for donations. Members from Stop Mandatory Vaccination have also started a new group called “Natural & Organic Living” to attempt to throw off Facebook from finding them.
Larry Cook had lunch with Ethan Lindenberger’s mother Jill Wheeler. After the photo made rounds on Facebook, Anti-vaxxers pushed back and cried crafted a conspiracy about their meeting. Many in the community believe that Ethan and his family made up the entire story in order to become famous.
Due to the mass paranoia, members close to Larry messaged him to determine if Ethan’s story was true. Larry assured the member that everything is on the “up and up.” He went on to say that Ethan has just gotten sucked into science.
Larry Cook Admits that Facebook won’t let him promote his fear-mongering post that vaccines kill babies. He scheduled the post for 67 days and planned to spend $1400. Larry’s target audience of ONLY women is a telling look into the mind of a vaccine madman.
Natural Child Birth groups are freaking out because Facebook is “censoring” vaccine groups. One group decided they needed to move off Facebook. The group says that their motivation to move the group was due to dishonest behavior by Facebook.
According to the group, Facebook is “planting” trolls into their group in an attempt to shut them down. However, the group failed to reference the fact that a photo of a woman in a bloody birthing pool might be the reason they are moving off the platform.
Two screenshots from the announcement are a sneak peek into their wild mindset.
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For the entire breakdown of the week, watch my video “This Week in Anti-Vaxxer Derp”
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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